Biomechanics involves the study and engineering of forces and motion in biomedical systems, including principles and techniques derived from the classical theories of linear and nonlinear elasticity, fluid dynamics, viscoelasticity, and plasticity. Relevant problems span all biological length scales, from the mechanical behavior of single molecules to whole organisms, including humans. Specific applications include cardiovascular fluid dynamics, bone biomechanics, cellular adhesion, mechanics and motility, molecular motors, single-molecule mechanics, cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix mechanics and dynamics, cellular mechanotransduction, mechanical property correlates of normal and disease processes. The field utilizes experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches.

Biomechanics faculty in the graduate group:

Tamara Alliston
James Casey
Sophie Dumont
Daniel A. Fletcher
Robert Full
Zev Gartner
Stanton A. Glantz
Oskar Hallatschek
Teresa Head-Gordon
Guo Huang
Tony Keaveny
Sanjay Kumar
Thomas Lang
Hao Li
Jeffrey Lotz
Mohammad Mofrad
Grace O'Connell
David M. Rempel
Shawn Shadden